Iridium AxcessPoint Turns Your Satellite Phone into a Mobile Hotspot

If you are a  traveler. Have you discovered that you sorely miss being connected to the internet while wandering the desert or adrift at sea? Sure, you could buy a satellite modem, but after dropping a cool grand on a satellite phone .you’re probably not looking to break the bank just to check your e-mail. Iridium’s new AxcessPoint may be just what you’re looking for.

Iridium Communications has revealed today that they’re looking to try something new. Alongside news of a new handset dubbed the Iridium Extreme, Iridium has also unveiled their new AxcessPoint hotspot, which allows users to get online and get their email fix just about anywhere on the planet.


Due to the constraints of such a a wide-reaching network, data speeds top out at roughly 2.3 to 2.4 KB/s — slow enough to make the old 56k modem collecting dust in the closet look like a NASCAR engine. With the correct AxcessPoint software in place, though, Iridium claims that effective data speeds can creep as high as “up to 5x, and email transmission up to 15x.”



Sure, the $200 asking price for this deck-of-cards-sized device isn’t exactly chump change, but it’s far cheaper than other solutions. Simply plug it into a compatible Iridium phone and you’ve got an instant mobile hotspot. Yes, the speeds are going to be of the sub-dialup variety and you’ll have to fork over $1 for every minute of data used, but it’s a small price to pay for being able to check your latest Groupon offers while floating in the middle of the Sargasso Sea.


In addition making the AxcessPoint compatible with Android, iOS, and BlackBerry OS, Iridium also hopes that it can make its satellite technology easier to integrate into other products. While it’ll likely be some time before a “Powered by Iridium” logo appears on the back of your new phone.


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